Tambanuo people

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Tambanuo people
Tombonuo / Tambanua / Paitan
Total population
Regions with significant populations
Tambanuo language, Malay
Christianity (majority), Islam, Animism
Related ethnic groups
Orang Sungai, Kadazan-Dusun

The Tambanuo (or Tombonuo) people are an indigenous ethnic group residing in Sabah, eastern Malaysia on the island of Borneo. They reside in Beluran, Kota Marudu, and Pitas districts of Kudat Division of Sabah. Their population was estimated at 20,000 in the year 1990. They are considered a sub-group of the Orang Sungai, and their language (ISO 639-3 txa) belongs to the Paitanic branch of the Austronesian language family.


  1. ^ "Tambanua, Paitan in Malaysia". Joshua Project. Retrieved 27 August 2015.